Walmart donates $100,000 as disasters test resolve of Canadians
OTTAWA, May 19 /CNW/ - Only five months into the year, Canadians
from-coast-to-coast to-coast have faced a number of disasters - enough
to test the resolve of both large and small communities. Three months
of persistent flooding in New Brunswick, massive flooding in Quebec,
major apartment fires in Ontario and Nunavut, flooding of vast areas of
Saskatchewan and Manitoba, this week's wild fires in parts of Alberta
and possible flooding in BC means the Red Cross needs the steadfast
support of Canadians and corporate partners to meet the challenge head
Today, Walmart Canada donated $100,000 in gift cards to the Canadian Red
Cross as well as set up an online fundraising campaign on Walmart.ca to
help families in need following the Slave Lake, Alberta fires and the
flooding around Brandon, Manitoba and in Southern Quebec. These new
funds are in addition to the more than $3 million Walmart Canada
donated and raised to the Canadian Red Cross for disaster relief in
"Since 2003, the Canadian Red Cross has relied on Walmart as a steadfast
partner in responding to disasters of all scales," said Conrad Sauvé,
secretary general and CEO at the Canadian Red Cross. "Walmart Canada
remains the Red Cross' largest corporate donor and we greatly
appreciate their quick and unwavering support."
"Walmart Canada is proud to play a pivotal role in providing urgently
needed support when disaster strikes," said David Cheesewright,
president and CEO of Walmart Canada. "We are always standing by, ready
to assist the Canadian Red Cross to ensure Canadians get the help they
need when they need it the most."
Walmart Canada's support means when families or entire communities are
impacted by natural disaster or other emergencies, the network of over
25,000 highly trained Canadian Red Cross volunteers can respond
immediately. The range of services include reuniting families separated
by the disaster, emotional support, and lodging. Walmart's sponsorship
also helps provide the Red Cross with emergency supplies such as
blankets, food, clothing, water, hygiene kits (toothbrushes, soap and
other toiletries), and Walmart employee volunteers. Including its
annual month-long fundraiser last August, to date, Walmart Canada has
donated and raised nearly $16 million to the Canadian Red Cross.
All Canadian Red Cross assistance is provided free of charge thanks to
government funding, financial support from individuals, organizations
and community-minded corporate donors such as Walmart.
About The Canadian Red Cross
The Canadian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross and
Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of
Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of
the Red Cross and 187 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Our mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing
the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.
About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 325 stores, employing 85,000
Canadians, serving more than one million customers each day. Walmart
continues to be a leader in corporate philanthropy, sustainability and
employment opportunity. Walmart Canada has one of the strongest
community involvement programs. Since 1994, the company has donated and
raised over $125 million to Canadian charities and not-for-profit
organizations. Additional information about Walmart can be found by
visiting www.walmart.ca and on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/walmartcanada.
SOURCE WAL-MART CANADA CORP.
For further information:
Canadian Red Cross
National media line 613-740-1994
905-821-2111 x 74466